Reed made two trips to the end zone in the second half. His first score came on the Rockets’ opening drive, which was capped off by his 5-yard sweep to the goal line. Early in the fourth quarter, after Wildcat receiver Allen Cooks caught a 14-yard touchdown pass, Reed got a bone-crunching block from running back Jordan Howard to propel him 16 yards for the score.
Reed ended the game with the offensive scoring trifecta: a touchdown pass, rush and reception.
With the Rockets trailing 35-28 midway through the fourth, County kicker Emiliano Romirez delivered the knockout punch with a 20-yard field goal.
Gardendale showed a balanced offense with 131 yards rushing and 134 yards passing, for a total of 265 yards on the night.
Howard had 19 rushes for 115 yards to lead the Rockets ground game.
Linebacker Damien Boys led the Gardendale defense with 10 solo tackles and three assists. Jackson added eight solos.
Tuscaloosa County’s offense put up more than 400 yards. Gates completed 17-of-24 passes for 244 yards and three touchdowns. Perry accumulated over 160 all-purpose yards with a pair of touchdown receptions.
The Rockets finish the season with a 7-4 record. Tuscaloosa County (9-2) travels to Clay-Chalkville for the second round.